Monthly Archives: October 2010

Judges in Passing


People working in the mental health industry—aides, nurses, therapists and doctors—judge others.   A diagnosis is a judgment of what is normal or abnormal, sick or healthy.  Doctors and therapists make these diagnoses, then they and nurses and aides talk about patients’ … Continue reading

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My Friend, Not on Drugs


My friend—who is one of the most laid-back people I know—is angry.  He went to a new doctor for a routine annual physical.  His blood pressure was high, so the doctor—a young man—prescribed blood pressure medicine.  When my friend went … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to HUD


Attn:    Tom Druelinger, HUD Buffalo Office Re:       McCarthy Manor, 501 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse NY 13210             Sharon Sherman, d/b/a Greater Syracuse Tenants Network  Sharon Sherman, ostensibly working for the Greater Syracuse Tenants Network, is interfering with the Tenants … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bridge (part III)


            I am getting cold, and very tired, and Officer Dan is flailing at mosquitoes.  East Syracuse mosquitoes are not normal mosquitoes; they are part rabid bat and part Stealth bomber; they fuel up on Jet A at the airport and … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bridge (part II)


            Ker-lunk.  With no warning, the needle on the scooter has slipped out of the green zone, through the yellow and into the red.  I am barely moving.  I dial down on the speed and the power needle moves back … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bridge (part I)


It was 6:00 p.m. and it was the first day of September, and I set out on my three-wheel electric scooter and headed north.  I had only lived in the neighborhood for six weeks and had been exploring slowly and steadily.  … Continue reading

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The “Chemical Imbalance” Theory of Depression


I have bipolar depression, which is triggered by powerlessness, and I am kept powerless when I’m in the doctor’s waiting room.  We all need—each and every one of us—a certain degree of power over our own lives.  We have to have … Continue reading

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